As I reflect on this past year, I have really grown to appreciate how both our students and staff have committed to learning. We all live in an environment of change and it’s the way we’ve embraced it that impresses me the most. It’s summed up nicely with the philosophy behind Inspiring Education – We’re changing the way we think…because the world is changing.
I’ve caught myself commenting a number of times in the boardroom or at recent meetings that our discussion often finds its way back to talking about ‘I-T’. Technological advancements are influencing all we do. Our way of teaching and learning is more collaborative than ever before. The world outside borders of our schools is looking for ethical citizens with an entrepreneurial spirit. I’m proud of the work we’re doing at Parkland School Division to produce that talent and engage all our stakeholders.
Our underlying goal is always to do what is right for our kids. There are amazing transformations happening but it’s also important to recognize what’s really working. We don’t want to throw out the baby with the bath water! We are primed in PSD to move ourselves forward but need to realize that sometimes the best strategy is go slow, to go fast. Finding that mix is our task and I know we’re up to the challenge. Our children must be ready for this global community.
‘184 Days of Learning’ is all about what we learned today. I’ve learned that we can’t thank our students and staff enough. They are the reason PSD has the reputation we have today. They are the reason our future looks so bright.
See you two months in the future. Have a safe and fun summer everyone.
Tim Monds is the Superintendent of Parkland School Division